Every day Americans buy 62 million newspapers and throw away 44 million of them. Thatâs like dumping hallf a million trees into a landfill every week! The trees that were chopped down to make new paper can no longer make oxygen, absorb carbon dioxide, or provide a habitat for thousands of species. Every month Americans throw out enough glass bottles and jars to fill a giant skyscraper! All this glass is recyclable! All this glass takes up space in landfills. And this glass will take 4,000 years or more to decompose!Every year more than 100 million cell phones and millions of personal computers are tossed out in the United States. Because these products contain lead, and other hazardous materials, this trash leaks into our environment and threatens human and animal health.What did you throw out today? A water bottle? A soda can? A paper lunch bag? Perhaps some school papers or a cereal box? Did you stop to think whether or not these items could be recycled? This week we visited our Planet Protector, Charleston County Solid Waste, to see if items like these could be recycled into brand new items with another use. We learned just how much Americans discard every day, and we learned how easy it is for us to make a differenceâ¦just by recycling.